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Category: Strange + Wonderful

Are You Looking at My Pac-Man Headgear?

Are You Looking at My Pac-Man Headgear?
I can’t imagine who the target market is for these ridiculous Pac-Man hats. While they might be cute on a 3-year old, for some reason, I don’t think they’d know what Pac-Man was. Besides, Namco says these are ADULT size.

Shower Knob Pours Music Instead of Water

Shower Knob Pours Music Instead of Water
Ever step into the shower in the morning and accidentally turn on the hot instead of the cold? Now you can make matters even more confusing to you bleary-eyed state of mind with this 3rd knob.
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Rotflmao ;)

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Rotflmao ;)
This mirror not only lets you check out your own gorgeous smile, but lets you check your SMS text messages while you’re at it. Designed by Robert Stadler for French design firm Radi Designers, the limited-edition +336+ mirror glows with your most recently received SMS messages.

Alarm Clock Lets You Know When the Train is Coming

Alarm Clock Lets You Know When the Train is Coming
Here’s another strange gadget out of Japan. This helps you keep track of when trains are coming to your nearby station. In order to keep you on schedule, Yumekobo’s Yamanote Alarm Clock gives you a visual indication of the train schedule on its clock face.

The Real Reason the Xbox 360 Failed in Japan

The Real Reason the Xbox 360 Failed in Japan
Ok, I know they don’t care for the same sort of games we do in the US and UK, but I think this commercial for the Xbox 360 really sums up everything that’s wrong about Microsoft’s presence in Japan.

Mirror Webcam Lets You Look at Your Favorite Person

Mirror Webcam Lets You Look at Your Favorite Person
Here’s the ultimate gadget for narcissists. This new webcam from Japan’s Thanko features a one-way mirror as it’s main design feature. The device has a hidden camera behind the mirror that lets you admire your own beautiful mug while you chat with your friends across the Interweb.

Motorola Slvr NES Controller Mashup

Motorola Slvr NES Controller Mashup
This guy has gone through the painstaking process of cramming his shmancy Motorola SLVR mobile phone into the case of an old Nintendo NES controller. While the end result is pretty fugly from the phone side of things, it looks pretty convincing from the outside.

Deodolight: Smell the Light

Deodolight: Smell the Light
Leave it to those wacky Japanese gadget makers to come up with this strange device. This portable lighting fixture doesn’t just illuminate, it deodorizes. According to the device’s maker, e-Revolution, the Deodolight is designed to eliminate (or at least cover up) “ill-smelling” aromas while it slowly fades between an array of colors.

Musician Releases Album on an NES Cartridge

Musician Releases Album on an NES Cartridge
Electronic musician Alex Mauer composes music from the electronic beats and blips of the original sound chips found in classic video game systems. So it’s only appropriate that he’d release an album that plays on the classic Nintendo NES gaming system.

Rolling Treadmill Speeds You Down the Street

Rolling Treadmill Speeds You Down the Street
The guys over at dutch design firm OOOMS are best known for their wooden memory sticks, but here’s another interesting contraption that they also are responsible for. Looking like a treadmill on wheels, the Speedy Rollator uses a special gear drive system to multiply your walking efforts and increase your pace.

Your Own Mini Theremin

Your Own Mini Theremin
The Theremin is quite possibly the strangest musical instrument ever made. Invented in 1919, it was one of the world’s first electronic instruments. The Theremin produces its otherworldly sounds without ever touching it. Soon, you’ll be able to get your own miniature Theremin to put on your desktop.

USB Microscope Cam: Play Doctor With Yourself

USB Microscope Cam: Play Doctor With Yourself
This frightening looking gadget from Japan lets you examine every nasty little nook and cranny of yourself and capture on your computer it for prosperity. Thanko’s USB Microscope Camera features a high-detail digital camera attached to the end of a long LED illuminated tube.

Dining in the Sky: Hope You Wore Your Parachute

Dining in the Sky: Hope You Wore Your Parachute
This strange restaurant combines the delights of dining with a thrill of well, a thrill ride. You’ll travel about 150 feet into the sky before you chow down on a gourmet meal prepared mid-air. Dinner In The Sky uses a mobile crane to lift its entire 22-seat open-air dining room over city streets all over Europe.

High Speed Camera Snaps 1000 Pictures Per Second

High Speed Camera Snaps 1000 Pictures Per Second
Need to take photos in really, really slow motion? Look no further than Vision Research’s Phantom Miro high speed digital camera series. These cameras can shoot close up images at an insane rate of speed. They can take as many as a thousand 800×600 (SVGA) resolution photos every second.

The Wireless Spy Camera That’s Hidden in a Clock That Looks Like a Tire: Huh, Wha?

The Wireless Spy Camera That’s Hidden in a Clock That Looks Like a Tire: Huh, Wha?
This weird wall clock that looks like a car tire actually is a cover for a hidden wireless spy cam. Hidden inside the Tire Clock Spy Cam is a digital video camera with a 2.4GHz wireless transmitter.

Bandai Electronic Bubble Wrap Popper

Bandai Electronic Bubble Wrap Popper
Sometimes, you just can’t resist popping all that bubble wrap that your latest gadget purchase came shipped in. Well now you can feed that compulsion any time, thanks to this new gizmo from Bandai. The PuchiPuchi (rough translation) is a pocket-sized electronic device that simulates the sound and feel of popping bubble wrap.
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